HUNGER 205" sit here and eat while there are people like that outside/ So we cut two large pieces of walnut cake, poured out a jug of tea, added some fruit and a couple of rupee notes and sent the bearer down with it. He was a Pathan, with a deep contempt for Bengalis, and he did not at all relish his errand, which he regarded as beneath his dignity. However, he took down the parcel and we watched the result. It took the woman several minutes to rise to a sitting position. Then, very slowly, she held up the cake and sniffed it. Then she let it fall in the gutter, where it attracted the attention of a couple of crows. Meanwhile the child was also stirring. He too held up the cake and sniffed it, and for a moment it seemed as though he was going to ,eat it.. .but no, he only crumbled it up in, his tiny finger^. The tea they neglected completely. After a while the woman listlessly gathered up the fruit and tied it, together with the two rupee notes, in a bundle of filthy rags. All these actions were performed in slow motion. An hour later she was still fumbling with the rags. Then, with the most painful effort and many false - starts, they staggered to their feet and shuffled away. On the following morning, the daily official list of famine casualties read as follows : Admission to hospital of sick destitutes 137 Died in hospital 84 Bodies removed by Sanitation Squads 76 I wondered in which class would be numbered the two poor wretcheds we had tried to help. No useful purpose will be served, in these pages, by prolonging a description of the agonies of this famine. The reader might be taken on a tour of the relief kitchens or into some of the villages* where conditions were even worse. Or into the offices of the , ministers and the business men of all parties, with whom I dis- cussed the problem exhaustively. He would only be harrowed and confused.